Louis Botha was born at this spot near Greytown on 27th September 1862. He was one of 13 children.
His early military career included him leading a group of Boer soldiers who supported Dinuzulu in his battle against Zibhebhu.
In 1897 he became a member of the Transvaal parliament.
Botha fought in the Second Boer War and was promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the Transvaal Boers.
In 1907 he became Prime Minister of Transvaal and in 1910 he became the first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa.